From Abuse to Addiction to Advocate

April 18, 2017

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is on next month at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over the 15th – 17th May.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

Mr Craig Hughes Cashmore, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Survivors & Mates Support Network  joins us next month to discuss From Abuse to Addiction to Advocate: One man’s journey to surviving child sexual assault’.

“The impact of child sexual abuse on a man is profound.  From substance abuse, risky behaviour and suicide ideation and attempts, many men use addiction to escape the reality of addressing their abuse.  But with the right support, these men can become survivors, going on to live full and rewarding lives.

Craig Hughes Cashmore is one such man.  Having been sexually abused by several perpetrators as a child, Craig bottomed out early. His coping mechanisms included popping pills, drinking and gambling until one day, after several suicide attempts, Craig decided to pursue his perpetrators through the criminal justice system.

Winning his case was just the start of his journey.  Wanting to connect with other survivors, Craig found it difficult to find a group of men who shared similar experiences.  Until he met Shane McNamara.  Together they co-founded the not-for-profit organisation SAMSN, Survivors & Mates Support Network.  SAMSN raises funds to employ psychologists and social workers to offer specialist services as well as practical support for survivors and their families. They also work to break down the stigma and myths associated with male childhood sexual abuse by raising public awareness, up-skilling frontline service providers and advocating for adequate funding and resources.

Craig will share his story and the story of SAMSN.

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and to secure your spot, please visit


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